Harold Darke’s In the Bleak Midwinter, originally made famous by the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, for SATB Choir with Organ accompaniment. There are two popular settings of Christina Rossetti’s In the bleak mid-winter— Gustav Holst’s, which appears in the standard hymnals and carol collections, and . Harold Darke’s nostalgic In the bleak midwinter has been a mainstay of the famous Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols (broadcast worldwide on Christmas Eve.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The hymn is titled after Cranham, Gloucestershire and was written for the English Hymnal of Similar language is used in II Peter 3.

The final verse shifts the description to a more introspective thought process. This Is Our Song: Rossetti achieves another contrast in the fourth verse, this time between the incorporeal angels attendant at Christ’s birth with Mary ‘s ability to render Jesus physical affection.

Hymnologist and theologian Ian Bradley has questioned the poem’s theology: The third verse dwells on Christ’s birth and describes the simple surroundings, in a humble stable and watched by beasts of burden.


Retrieved from ” https: Holst’s setting, “Cranham”, is a hymn tune setting suitable mkdwinter congregational singing, since the poem is irregular in metre and any setting of it requires a skilful and adaptable tune. In the bleak midwinter”. Retrieved 26 November What can I give Him, Poor as I am?

In the Bleak Midwinter by Harold Darke arr. Gustav Holst’s tune, Cranham Four verses arranged for congregational singing.

The Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge perform beautifully and the album contains a lot of wonderful By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Benjamin Britten includes an elaborate five-part setting of the first verse for high voices combined with the medieval Corpus Christi Carol in his work A Boy was Born. Harold Darke ‘s anthem setting of is more complex and was named the best Christmas carol in a poll of some of the world’s leading choirmasters and choral experts in Please use the dropdown buttons to set your preferred options, or use the checkbox to accept the defaults.

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This page was last edited on 24 Decemberat The Darke setting, written in while he was a student vleak the Royal College of Musicis more advanced. In the bleak mid-winter composer.

For the film of the same name, see In the Bleak Midwinter film. October Total duration: Darke, like several other composers represented on this disc, was a product of the Royal College of Music, studying composition with Stanford and the organ with Sir Walter Parratt, who had himself been a church organist from the age of eleven.


Christmas carols Poetry by Christina Rossetti. Darke would complain, however, that the popularity dakre this tune prevented people from performing his other compositions, and rarely performed it outside of Christmas services.

In verse one, Rossetti describes the physical circumstances of the Incarnation in Bethlehem. Wikisource has original text related to this article: But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells” NIV.

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Don’t show me this message again. The concert makes a great appeal by the quality of the singing and the beautiful digital recordi Hyperion offers both CDs, and downloads in a number of formats. Problems playing this file?